March 27th 2020

Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building
Queen’s Park
Toronto, ON M7A 1A1

Mr. Premier,

The Ontario Association of Sewage Industry Services (OASIS) was established in 1991 to represent businesses in the septic, portable toilet and biosolid land application industry. We currently have over 165 member companies located in the Province of Ontario, across Canada and North America.

We understand your concerns and frustration with proper maintenance of portable sanitation equipment in Ontario. We are aware of the regulatory responsibility constructors have under O. Reg. 213/91: Construction Projects, and their responsibility to provide proper sanitation equipment that is adequately maintained under the Occupational Health and Safety Act. During this global pandemic, OASIS understands the heightened importance of ensuring sanitation and hygiene equipment is maintained to protect the health and safety of the Province’s front-line workers.

Over the last few years, OASIS has been working diligently and collaboratively with the Ministry of Labour (MOL) to introduce guidelines and training programs to help standardize the portable sanitation industry across the Province. In partnership with the Portable Sanitation Association International (PSAI), and the MOL, we have developed and enhanced a comprehensive training program, which was assessed and modified in conjunction with the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

This course was created to ensure suppliers of such units are aware of the regulatory framework and have demonstrated their proactive due diligence in the portable sanitation industry when providing appropriate equipment to constructors. The Portable Sanitation Basic Service Technician Training program, which has been endorsed by the MOL, was introduced by OASIS in 2019 and has successfully trained 15 companies in Ontario.

OASIS is confident the Portable Sanitation Basic Service Technician Training program will help alleviate the challenges between the portable sanitation equipment supplier and constructor, while ensuring all parties are aware of their responsibilities in providing adequate sanitation facilities. OASIS would like to encourage that the above training program act as a baseline for suppliers to
participate in and that participants who complete this training be deemed portable sanitation professionals.

OASIS will continue to work collaboratively with the MOL to ensure effective strategies are developed and appropriate enforcement is demonstrated in the Province related to portable sanitation practices on construction sites, as it pertains to the regulation. OASIS will continue to advocate on behalf of portable sanitation equipment suppliers and manufacturers and continue to educate these companies on the importance of providing compliant facilities.

To learn more about our training course, please visit: http://oasisontario.on.ca/education-and-training/.

For over 29 years, OASIS has represented our industry and our members when interfacing with the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, the Ministry of Labour, and the Ministry of Transportation. We would welcome the opportunity to discuss this further and provide constructive feedback to any regulatory changes that may be proposed.
We can be reached by email at info@oasisontario.on.ca or by phone at (289) 795- 2528.

Regards,
Rob MacLellan
OASIS President and Chair

CC:
OASIS Board of Directors
OASIS Advisors
OASIS Executive Director
OASIS Membership 2020
Ministry of Labour, Construction Health and Safety Branch, Occupational Health
and Safety Branch